Hello and welcome to my moth Blog. I now reside in a small village in East Cambridgeshire called Fordham. My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
Moth records are vital for building a picture of our ecosystem around us, as they really are the bottom of the food chain. They are an excellent early indicator of how healthy a habitat is. I openly encourage people to share their findings via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world. The reason I do it....you just never know what you might find when you open up that trap! I hope to show what different species inhabit Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden and also enjoy doing field trips to various localities over several different counties.
Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.
Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Sunday 25 October 2020

The odd goodie

Still ticking along nicely in my garden, a huge deluge of rain last night here in North Herts, the patio was flooded, and I luckily managed to rescue a male December Moth from a puddle of water, species no. 491 for the year.

A rather nicely marked Mottled Umber was also observed.

Most numerous were 14 November Moth sp and 9 Yellow-line Quakers.

Pick of the night had to go to a pair of pristine Acleris notana/ferrugana, the male (smaller) featuring a distinct peach flush to the centre of the forewings.

I used my Raynox DCR-250 attached to my 90mm Tamron f2.8 1:1 macro lens to try and achieve a better focus, with such a narrow field of view, the only option is to shoot manual on a tripod at f/11, I was pretty happy with the results of my budget setup.

24/10/20 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Acleris notana/ferrugana

Acleris notana/ferrugana


Mottled Umber

December Moth

1 comment:

  1. Recently started trapping (V23, Oxon). have just discovered your excellent blog. Very inspiring!